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The word "Garnet" comes from the Latin word "granatus", meaning "grain";

thought to be a derivative of the term "punica granatum" (pomegranate) because the

Garnet crystals embedded in rock had the color and shape of pomegranate seeds.. While

Garnets are most associated with the color red, they occur in every color, from

transparent to opaque, and include different varieties based on mineral composition. The

six most common species of Garnet are Pyrope, Almadine, Spessartite, Grossular,

Hessonite, Tsavorite, Uvarovite and Andradite. Garnets of deep red, violet-red and black

come from Arizona in America, South America, Ceylon, India, and Australia. Green, dark

green, cinnamon, brownish yellow, and jade green garnets come from Switzerland,

Ceylon, and South Africa. Bright apple green Garnets (called Tsavorite) come from

Russia and Finland. Typically the standard deep red-brown colors you see in stores are

inexpensive and come from India, South America, Russia and North America. Garnets

range from a 7.0 to 7.5 on the Moh’s scale of hardness and is the traditional birthstone for

the month of January. It also symbolizes the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary

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